To Hope In 2013

What would it mean to live
in a city whose people were changing
each other’s despair into hope? —
You yourself must change it. —
what would it feel like to know
your country was changing? —
You yourself must change it. —
Though your life felt arduous
new and unmapped and strange
what would it means to stand on the first
page of the end of despair?

This was the first thing I saw when I opened the New York Times Magazine’s The Lives They Lived issue—a celebration of some of the special people we lost in 2012. It’s excerpted from Adrienne Rich’s Dreams Before Waking.

The editors selected this stirring call to action to honor those killed, and those left to mourn them, in Newtown, CT. Rich’s poem powerfully conveyed their wish that we “turn despair into hope.”

Rich had an unshakable conviction that a better world was possible. Your hard work is already starting to get us there. Thank you!

Let’s work together to keep up the momentum in 2013.

Note: Rich is among those who passed away in 2012, leaving us a wondrous legacy of poetry and activism. You can learn more about Adrienne Rich here.

Nancy Schwartz on January 1, 2013 in Strategy | 0 comments
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